Transportation

Travel to Manhattan

For information about transportation upon arrival to the USA, please visit the International Pre-Arrival information page about travel here: 

http://www.k-state.edu/oip/prearrival/travel.html

This page offers links to shuttle services from the nearby Manhattan, KS and Kansas City, MO airports to the Kansas State University campus. 

Getting Around in Manhattan

The most convenient way to get around Manhattan is to have your own car. If you can afford a car and you plan to remain in Manhattan for some time, you may want to consider purchasing an automobile. See the section on “car information” for more information.

Manhattan does have a public bus system, the aTa Bus, that follows two fixed routes across town. You can also make a reservation on the aTa Bus for a specific pick-up time and location. The aTa Bus is in operation Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 7pm. You can click on the following link for more information on the aTa bus, including rates and information on routes: http://www.rileycountyks.gov/index.aspx?nid=795. You can also call the aTa bus at (785) 537-6345 to make a reservation. All reservations require 24hour advance notice.

You can also use a taxi to get around Manhattan, however you will need to call ahead to request one. If you wish to call a taxi, there are two taxi companies in Manhattan you can use. ABC Union Cab company can be reached at (785) 537-1295 and Bell Taxi Transportation can be reached at (785) 537-2080. When you call, make sure you tell them where you want them to pick you up and where you want them to take you and always make sure you ask them to quote the price before you book a taxi.

The cost of taking a taxi in Manhattan is $2.60 for the first passenger plus $1.60 for each mile driven. Each additional passenger is $1.00.

And finally you could have a chauffeured experience by using the Black Car. The Black Car differs from a taxi in several ways. 1) It's a luxury car service; 2) They charge flat, pre-determined rates- no rolling meter or guess work; 3) You can reserve their car by hours, days and weeks in advance. Their office takes reservations 7:00a.m. until midnight every day. You can reserve the car for service that takes place 24 hours a day. If you need service after midnight be sure to contact them in advance to set it up. For more information please visit their website: http://blackcarmhk.com/  

Bicycles

You may decide to purchase a bike while in Manhattan. Bikes are a cheap and easy way to travel around campus and Manhattan. It is strongly recommended that you purchase and use a lock to secure your bike when not in use. If using and parking your bike on campus, you must register your bike with Parking Services at Kansas State University. Registration is free and you risk receiving a parking ticket if you do not register your bike.  It is also highly recommended that you wear a bike helmet while riding as well.

The following safety tips are taken from the KSU Campus Safety Website, which can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/studentlife/campussafety/streetsmart.htm.

Record the serial number of your bike.
Never leave your bike unattended or unlocked.
Use sturdy U-Locks or heavy, case-hardened chains to lock your bike.
Lock your bike on a bike rack. Most stolen bikes were never even locked up!
If you’re really concerned about theft, carry your front wheel with you after you park your bike. Who’d steal a one-wheeled bike?
While you’re at it, take your accessories. Those gel pad seats are a hot commodity!
Keep your bike locked in your room when you’re not riding it
Wear a helmet.
Stay off sidewalks. Use bike lanes instead.
Be sure your bike has a front light and reflectors to meet the state law.

A more complete summary of bicycle laws and regulations for KSU and Manhattan can be found at the following website: http://www.k-state.edu/parking/bikeregsprintable.pdf.

The following is a list of bike shops in Manhattan where you may purchase bikes. They all offer both road and mountain bikes as well as a selection of helmets, lights, and bicycle bags/backpacks. They also sell bicycle parts and offer repair services.

  • Aggie Bike Station, 1207 Moro Street. Phone number (913)776-2372.
  • Bikeworks, 1208 Moro Street. Phone number (913) 776-2453.
  • The Pathfinder, 304 Poyntz Avenue. Phone number (913) 539-5639.
  • Target Store, 800 Commons Place. Phone number (785) 770-3643. Target typically offers bikes and bike supplies at a slightly cheaper cost.
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter, 101 East Bluemont Street. Phone number (785) 776-4897. Like target, Wal-Mart offers bikes and supplies at a slightly cheaper cost.
  • Sears, 103 Manhattan Town Center. Phone number (785) 532-0200. Also offers bikes at a cheaper cost.

Car Information

In order to operate a car in the U.S. you must obtain a valid driver’s license. In order to obtain a license you will be required to take a written test covering Kansas traffic laws, an eye (vision) test, and a driving test. The Driver’s License Examination Office is located at 3003 Anderson Avenue and their phone number is (785) 537-6320. To help you study for the written and driving test, you can obtain the Kansas Drivers Handbook online at http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/dlhb.pdf.
When you apply for your driver’s license you will need to take your immigration documents (passport, visa, I-94, and I-20) with you to the examination office.

Purchasing a Car: Before buying a car it is good idea to research different car types and models before making an offer to buy. Consumer Reports is a reliable resource to use in order to compare reliability, gas mileage, and safety features of cars. Their website is http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/.

Kelley Blue Book is a good resource to use to check and compare car prices and values. Their website is http://www.kbb.com/.
Lemon Free is also a good resource to use. Lemon Free has additional information and listings on used vehicles that you may find resourceful! Check them out at: www.lemonfree.com

If you are purchasing a used (pre-owned) car, it is a good idea to have the car checked by a qualified auto-mechanic before making a purchase. Test driving the car is also recommended before you buy it.

Car Registration : Once you have purchased a car you must register it before you can legally drive it. This can be done at the Riley County Courthouse, which is located at 110 Courthouse Plaza in downtown Manhattan. Their phone number is (785) 565-6200.

In order to register your car and obtain your license plates you must bring the car’s title (proof of ownership) and proof of automobile insurance to the courthouse. The cost of your license plates will depend upon the weight of your car but generally will cost anywhere from $15 to $35. You will also need to pay sales tax and a property tax on your car as part of the registration process. Your license plates and registration must be renewed every year and you will be required to pay a property tax on your car upon each renewal.

Car Insurance: Kansas state law requires all drivers to have automobile insurance in order to own and operate a car. You should keep your proof of insurance card (issued by your insurance company) in your car at all times and must be prepared to show it upon demand if you are stopped by a police officer for any reason. Purchasing car insurance can be costly and it is recommended that you look at several insurance companies and compare prices before purchasing insurance. You may also want to ask a trusted friend about insurance rates before purchasing any insurance.

Car Maintenance and Repairs: Proper regular maintenance of your car is important and will help prevent costly future repairs to your car. You should remember to check your car’s oil and coolant on a regular basis as well as tire inflation level. If you need to have repairs made to your car, you can look in the phone book under “auto” for automobile repair and service shops or you can ask a trusted friend for a recommendation. It is recommended that you get a written cost estimate before deciding on any repairs. You may also want to compare estimates with several repair shops before making a decision.

Car Accidents: If you happen to be involved in an accident involving your car or another person’s car, do not move your car and do not leave the scene of the accident. Call 911 and wait for the police to arrive on scene. It is important that you get the name, address, driver’s license number, and insurance information from the other drivers involved in the accident. You will also need to give this same information to the other drivers involved. You should also contact your insurance company as soon as you can after the accident and tell them you were involved in a car accident.